Poynter hits sparking ton in Tynemouth T20 win

Stuart Poynter of Tynemouth on his way to a knock of 114 off 39 balls in the T20 match against Willington. Picture by Colin Edwards

Stuart Poynter of Tynemouth on his way to a knock of 114 off 39 balls in the T20 match against Willington. Picture by Colin Edwards

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Tynemouth defeated Willington by 114 runs their T20 contact in gloomy conditions at Preston Avenue on Friday night.

But there was nothing gloomy about the cricket as Stuart Poynter starred with the bat.

Skipper Ben Debnam won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a good track.

Openers Matthew Brown and Nick Armstrong immediately set about the Willington bowling, putting on 92 for the first wicket in just twnovers before Brown was caught and bowled by Jake Louth for an excellent 55.

The in-form Poynter then strolled to the crease and played an innings of the highest quality, smashing 114 off just 39 balls, combining some elegant cricket shots with raw power, racing to his century in just 34 balls.

Armstrong played a fine knock too and made 54 before being bowled by Willington’s Indian professional Anand Singh.

Tynemouth’s 253 is their highest ever score in a T20 match and was appreciated by the large crowd in attendance.

Faced with an impossible target to chase, Willington fell well short, although Singh batted well for his side and was unfortunate to hole out on 97 when a deserved century was within reach.

For Tynemouth the wickets were shared with Sean Longstaff the pick with his 3-27 from four overs. 

The win sees Tynemouth top their group with three wins from three games, and with just two games to go they look likely to progress to the quarter-final stages.

On Saturday the weather was worse and no North East Premier League games were completed.

Tynemouth bowled out Eppleton at their Church Road ground for 181 and looked to be heading for victory when at 133-4 the umpires decided conditions were unplayable and abandoned the game.

Martin Pollard with 5-20 and Matthew Brown with 37 not out performed well for the visiting team, but it was a frustrating day for all concerned.

Tynemouth remain second and just two points behind leaders Newcastle.

The third team were at Backworth and, despite the light drizzle, won a competitive and enjoyable game.

Backworth asked Tynemouth to bat first and once again there was a promising opening stand from Dave Mahan (11) and Chris Grieveson (26).

Mahan was replaced by Finn Hodgson who made eight to take the score to 40-2.

Matty Longstaff with 63 and Carl Salvidge with 55 not out then piled on the runs with further acceleration from Geoff Simpson (27).

Tynemouth posted 209-5 in the game reduced to 36 overs as a result of a stoppage for rain.

Young Backworth bowler Joel Langley impressed on his birthday with 0-21 off six fine overs.

In their reply, the Backworth openers soon showed their intentions and also why they are highly placed in the league.

Paul Robson and Dave Hull-Denholm put on 98 for the first wicket as they enjoyed the pace of Richie Hay and Neil Bennett.

Reed looked to take the pace off the ball and introduced the spin twins Don Catley and Matty Longstaff.

Catley deceived the advancing Robson who was stumped by Hodgson and Tynemouth were suddenly back in the game.

Hay then caught Hull-Denholm off Longstaff who also had two lbw shouts agreed.

The scoring rate was cut dramatically but the good Backworth start meant that the result was in the balance until the final overs.

Ed Snelders bowled well and Bennett returned with more effect.

Tynemouth won by the narrow margin of ten runs as three run outs from good throws in the deep, including Graeme Fairbairn for 38, added to Backworth’s desperation.

Bowling figures were: Hay 0-51; Bennett 1-46; Catley 1-32; Longstaff 3-39; Snelders 1-27.

Fixtures

Friday, June 17: 1sts v South Shields, away, 6pm, NEPL T20.

Saturday, June 18: 1sts v Benwell Hill, away, 11.30am, NEPL Premier Division; 2nds v Benwell Hill, home, 1pm, NEPL Div 2; 3rds v Monkseaton 2nds, home, NCL Div 2.

Sunday, June 19: 2nds v Sacriston and Whitburn, NEPL T20 @ Sacriston; 2nd and 3rd games 2pm and 5.30pm; Tynemouth Select Side v Indian Touring Side, home, 6pm, T20; U13s v South North, home, 10am, NJL; U11s v TBC, away, cup semi-final.

Monday, June 20: U15s v Backworth, home, 6pm, NJL.

Wednesday, June 22, 1sts v Lanchester, home, 6pm, Charity Bowl quarter-final.